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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

The Grim Reefer I quit smoking many years ago... (150 comments)

But being a man, I was always smart about which cigarettes I bought. I never bought the ones that caused cancer and all that other scary shit. I only smoked the ones that caused low birth weight and pregnancy complications. I figured since I would never be pregnant, those were the ones to go with. I could never figure out why the brands would keep switching though. ;-)

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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

The Grim Reefer Re:Social robot (61 comments)

Yes. Thank you.

3 days ago
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

The Grim Reefer Re:Social robot (61 comments)

My dog kept dropping the video camera when my wife and I wanted to make an intimate recording. Jibo won't do that.

Ergo, Jibo is much better than a pet.

My pet is a Doberman. Actually three of them. They kindly let would be burglars they're at the wrong house. In your situation a tripod will probably suffice.

Ergo, a pet is much more functional than a Jibo. As a bonus, they aren't obsolete in two years either.

3 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

The Grim Reefer Re:No one RTFA (as usual) (157 comments)

What they didn't say is that Neymar shows only 10% brain activity compared to another "common" person for whatever he's doing...

So you're saying he's more intelligent than the "common" person? It's been understood/believed for some time that that the more intelligent a person is the less their brain has to work at similar tasks.

3 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

The Grim Reefer Um... (125 comments)

According to Google, the information from Baseline will be anonymous, and its use will be limited to medical and health purposes.

I work in the medical field. Both clinical and research. I've seen what "anonymous patient" data looks like. While it can be done correctly, it almost never is. When I say almost never, I mean under 5% of the time; and that's being generous.

The DICOM data generated by most advanced imaging scanners (MRI, CT. etc) is pretty big. To make matters worse, every vendor (Philips, GE, Siemens, etc) uses more than just the standard fields (tags) to store the unique patient identifiers. They all also use proprietary or what are sometimes referred to as "shadow" or "private" tags. These tags are different for every vendor and are used in different ways. To make matters worse, these tags can change depending on the model, firmware version or even the scanning sequence used.

If you just remove just the standard patient identifying tags, you could very well miss that they were all duplicated in the private tags. If you simply remove all of the private tags, you may end up removing the very data that is needed to make sense of the images themselves. Such as how many mm a pixel is, or the volume of a voxel. This all needs to be done for every image in the exam and there can be thousands to tens of thousands of them. Most programs used to de-identify the exam either miss all of the private tags, or remove too much data and render the exams useless. So patient identifiers are left in most exams and we just try to ignore this.

The big question is, is how will a company like Google treat this unfortunate situation? Most in the medical field are there because of their compassion for their patients and do research for the betterment of the general population. What happens when executive types realize they have this kind of data?

4 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

The Grim Reefer Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (146 comments)

something small enough to fit on a phone while still being useful for a 60 inch TV or 120 inch projector.

What are you using to compress and into what format? My phone (Galaxy S3) limits me to a max file size of 2GB. I've yet to find a way to compress a movie into 2GB, or less, and maintain enough quality to view it on a 60 inch TV, let alone my projector without a very noticeable drop in quality.

TIA

4 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

The Grim Reefer Re:I can build lots of drones for $300B USD (184 comments)

Leave the pilot on the ground and you won't need a fancy helmet.

If you plan to use it as a fighter you will certainly need the "fancy" helmet.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

The Grim Reefer Re:Pft (960 comments)

Do people even read the articles before moderating anymore?

Seriously? They don't read them before commenting on them. Half the time I don't think they even read the summary.

about a week ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

The Grim Reefer Re:Correction (97 comments)

"Vital For Possibility of Earth-like Alien Life"

A lot of assumptions there.

We can't even communicate with other species here on Earth in the same Class as us. Elephants, whales, and dolphins show signs of intelligence. Certainly enough to communicate with each other. And we've hunted species of two of them to the verge of extinction. The Great Apes are in the same Family as humans and we can't have a meaningful conversation with them. Perhaps they are simply too primitive. Or maybe we aren't as smart as we would like to believe.

A non-terrestrial species may communicate using some form of telepathy or chemical component. That would be fun to try to figure out. Or use gravity waves over long distances. What if they are silicone based and live for thousands of years. It could take them 3 days to say hello using subsonic vibrations.

Until 20 years ago we didn't even know that Elephants could use bone conduction through their feet to listen to subsonic calls from other elephants that create seismic vibrations. Or that they also had cells in their feet that are able to pick up vibrations in the ground.

ET could be screaming at us right now and we don't even know.it. The messages could have been sent through cosmic radiation and is encoded in cancer cells. They may have thought that would be the easiest way to get our attention and we just haven't picked up on it yet.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

The Grim Reefer SPOON! (701 comments)

SPOON! -The Tick

about two weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

The Grim Reefer Re:Allons-y! (701 comments)

Really? Battlestar Galatica and no Doctor Who?

Really, Star Wars twice and no Doctor Who?

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

The Grim Reefer Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

It makes me wonder if the BUK (being a Soviet-era weapons system dating back to 1979) wasn't just misplaced somewhere - if the National Institutes of Health can misplace 300 vials of deadly diseases and biological weapons,

On one hand I agree with you. However there's a rather big size difference between 300 vials and a tank sized missile launcher. I've been to the NIH, it's a huge campus. One is like finding a sliver of a needle in a haystack, while the other is like a marble sized ball-bearing in a haystack.

The likelihood of any of the smallpox still being viable after sitting in an unrefrigerated closet for decades is pretty slim. The odds of a BUK missile system remaining functional after being forgotten about for 24 years is pretty slim too.

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

The Grim Reefer Re:Car analogy? (81 comments)

So you needed a trailer to talke the air conditioning plant along - awesome!

Yes, and even towing an air conditioning plant the Pinto managed to get better mileage than a Hummer.

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

The Grim Reefer Re:Car analogy? (81 comments)

I owned a Pinto. The mileage of that POS was in the same ballpark as the Hummer.

Either it was very old by the time you got it, or something was really wrong with it. Pinto's were advertised to get 34 MPG, and many did better than that. The worst mileage I've ever heard of a stock Pinto getting was 22 MPG, but that was pulling a trailer with the AC on.

The Hummer H1 was 9 MPG city and 12 highway. The H2 was around 14 combined, and the H3 was 14 city, 18 highway. So no, not really in the same ball park at all.

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

The Grim Reefer Re:Diamond monopoly.... (81 comments)

It is far easier and cheaper to just burn them, literally, by heating with a torch then dropping into liquid oxygen.

Why bother with the liquid oxygen? You can shovel them into a coal burning furnace. Diamonds usually completely burn up in house fires. It doesn't take any more heat/oxygen to burn a diamond than it does to burn coal.

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

The Grim Reefer Re:Car analogy? (81 comments)

In automotive terms, they dropped a Hummer from the SpaceX reusable rocket at the peak of a test-launch and for an infinitesimaly[sic] small period of time before the impact, it got almost the same MPG of a Pinto, before shattering into a pile of scrap metal.

about two weeks ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

The Grim Reefer Re:ExoComp, er, Lance! (50 comments)

There could be and extremely advanced race of Morlocks living under the surface. Who have ignored us to date and mistakenly think we've declared war on them when we start dropping "rods from god"

about two weeks ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

The Grim Reefer Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Not all Sexual harassment isn't illegal.

I'm not sure if what you hadn't stated isn't what you didn't think you couldn't have meant.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

The Grim Reefer Re:Weird (590 comments)

And by strong you mean great physical force, if I'm not mistaken. Muscles, basically. So, the female is a role model because she's muscled; she's like a man, basically. In my opinion - I'm a man, by the way - that's a terrible role model for an eleven year old girl.

You are mistaken. While I do value being physically fit, I was referring more to the content of their character, self reliance, intelligence, and things like that. Until the last couple of decades, women were expected to be reliant on "their man". That's not what I looked for in my wife, and is certainly not what either of us want for our daughter. Most of the female heroes in comics are pretty intelligent and don't rely only on than their physical strength and looks.

If you read the rest of my comment I also mentioned the ridiculous costumes and physique portrayed in comics. It's not much better for the male characters I suppose. Most of them are so 'roided up they'd probably be lucky if they could tie their own shoes.

about two weeks ago

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The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a month ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Today many plastic products, from sippy cups and blenders to Tupperware containers, are marketed as BPA-free. But CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner's findings—some of which have been confirmed by other scientists—suggest that many of these alternatives share the qualities that make BPA so potentially harmful.

Those startling results set off a bitter fight with the $375-billion-a-year plastics industry. The American Chemistry Council, which lobbies for plastics makers and has sought to refute the science linking BPA to health problems, has teamed up with Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical—the maker of Tritan, a widely used plastic marketed as being free of estrogenic activity—in a campaign to discredit Bittner and his research. The company has gone so far as to tell corporate customers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected Bittner's testing methods. (It hasn't.) Eastman also sued CertiChem and its sister company, PlastiPure, to prevent them from publicizing their findings that Tritan is estrogenic, convincing a jury that its product displayed no estrogenic activity. And it launched a PR blitz touting Tritan's safety, targeting the group most vulnerable to synthetic estrogens: families with young children. "It can be difficult for consumers to tell what is really safe," the vice president of Eastman's specialty plastics division, Lucian Boldea, said in one web video, before an image of a pregnant woman flickered across the screen. With Tritan, he added, "consumers can feel confident that the material used in their products is free of estrogenic activity.""

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Darker Arctic boosting global warming

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 5 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says.

With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

That extra absorbed energy is so big that it measures about one-quarter of the entire heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide, said the study's lead author, Ian Eisenman, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.

The Arctic grew 8 per cent darker between 1979 and 2011, Eisenman found, measuring how much sunlight is reflected back into space.

"Basically, it means more warming," Eisenman said in an interview."

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Groupon confirms 'President Hamilton' error was intentional

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 5 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Groupon is honoring Presidents Day by giving customers an Alexander Hamilton — $10 off $40 spent on a deal for any local business.The promotion, which began this weekend, allows customers to "honor our money-minded Commander-In-Chief."
"The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country's financial system," Chicago-based Groupon says on its webpage.
But, there's just one flaw in the promotional plan: Hamilton was never president.
Hamilton is considered a Founding Father and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury. He led the development of the economic policies of President George Washington, one of today's actual honorees, and the nascent nation.
It's just too bad there isn't Treasury Secretary Day to have sales in his honor.
An inquiry on Monday morning garnered this response from a spokesman:
"Groupon is always very serious about helping our customers save money, and saving $10 is no laughing matter."
The spokesman later confirmed the mistake was an intentional stunt."

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Retired cop guns down man for texting at Florida movie

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 7 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "A retired cop, irked that the couple in front of him were texting at a Mark Wahlberg war movie, opened fire in a Florida theater Monday, killing the man and wounding his wife, authorities said.

Curtis Reeves Jr., 71, was charged with second-degree homicide in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said late Monday afternoon. The theater was evacuated and remained closed after the shooting, which occurred about 1:20 p.m. ET.

Oulson was shot in the chest after a verbal and physical confrontation with Reeves, and his wife, Nichole Oulson, was shot in the hand. Chad Oulson was pronounced dead at a hospital, and his wife was treated for non-life-threatening injuries."

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The space suit gets upgraded

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 7 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "For five decades ILC Dover, an engineering firm in Delaware farm country, has been outfitting astronauts for space — everyone from Neil Armstrong to Sunita Williams, who performed a space walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) in 2012. And yet ILC (which was founded as International Latex Corp.) has never before embarked on its latest mission: to make a fashion-forward suit for NASA.

The prototype is called Z-2. A new palette will be chosen when, early this year, NASA unveils three designs by Philadelphia University fashion and industrial design students. The public gets to pick a winner. Each design will draw on one of three themes: NASA's history, sports and superheroes, and nature. NASA officials hope that the campaign will rekindle excitement for the space program. "Part of this came from the fact that commercial space flight is gearing up," says Amy Ross, a top space-suit engineer at NASA, "and part of what they want is for their space suits to look cool.""

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Atlanta man shatters coast-to-coast 'Cannonball Run' speed record

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about 9 months ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "Before the transcontinental race in "Cannonball Run," the starter tells the gathered racers, "You all are certainly the most distinguished group of highway scofflaws and degenerates ever gathered together in one place."

Ed Bolian prefers the term "fraternity of lunatics."

Where the 1981 Burt Reynolds classic was a comedic twist on a race inspired by real-life rebellion over the mandated 55-mph speed limits of the 1970s, Bolian set out on a serious mission to beat the record for driving from New York to Los Angeles.

The mark? Alex Roy and David Maher's cross-country record of 31 hours and 4 minutes, which they set in a modified BMW M5 in 2006.

Bolian, a 28-year-old Atlanta native, had long dreamed of racing from East Coast to West. A decade ago, for a high school assignment, Bolian interviewed Brock Yates, who conceived the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, aka the Cannonball Run."

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Massive cyberattack hits Internet users

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  about a year ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "(CNN) — Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.

The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content "except child porn and anything related to terrorism."

The organization has been in a long-running feud with CyberBunker and claims spammers use it as a host from which to spray junk mail across the Web.

Internet security firm CloudFlare said Spamhaus contacted it last week, saying it had been hit with an attack big enough to knock its site offline.

Security experts say the attack uses more sophisticated techniques than most DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks and targets the Web's infrastructure, which has led to other sites performing slowly."

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"Time Cloak" Created; Can Make Events Disappear

The Grim Reefer The Grim Reefer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "The new research builds on recent demonstrations of "invisibility cloaks" that can make objects seem to disappear by bending waves of visible light.

The idea is that, if light moves around an object instead of striking it, that light doesn't get scattered and reflected back to an observer, making the object essentially invisible.

Now Cornell University scientists have used a similar concept to create a hole in time, albeit a very short one: The effect lasts around 40 trillionths of a second.

"Imagine that you could divert light in time—slow it down, speed it up—so that you create a gap in the light beam in time," said study co-author and Cornell physicist Alex Gaeta.

"In this case, any event that occurs at that instant of time won't lead to scattering of light. It appears as if the event never occurred.""

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